Nothing can replace the advice you can get from a qualified attorney, but here are a few important tips to remember:
- Never simply mail in the check for a traffic offense. The effects on your license and your insurance can be long-lasting. It may be a small offense, but it is well-worth consulting a good attorney for any traffic violation.
- Always consult an attorney any time you have contact with law enforcement. This doesn’t only apply to arrests. Even if you’re not being charged or only getting a ticket, discussing the incident with a lawyer can give you insight into the ramifications of your situation that you might not have been aware of.
- If you are arrested, immediately invoke your right to silence. A simple statement, such as “I invoke my right to silence,” will suffice. Follow this with a request for an attorney. And, having invoked your rights, be sure to exercise them. That means not speaking or answering questions until your attorney is present.
- If you have been charged with a DWI, it is extremely important to contact an attorney immediately. Under Missouri law, there are strict time limits that come into play regarding what your lawyer can and cannot do related to your driver’s license. A delay may mean that you run out of options before you even begin.